Letter to the Editor: An exciting time for local economy – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper’s response: This is a very good letter and the folk need to read it and see that hope is still alive. The Twin Counties continue to move forward and good things are happening but greater things are coming.

A new call center in Spring Hope; Pfizer and Cummins are growing; ABB is adding new space and jobs; Triangle Tire and Corning are about to begin major construction on their buildings; The CSX/DOT project, The Carolina Connector multimodal, will be coming out of the ground in April; a new Community College Training Center will begin construction this spring; the Rocky Mount Mills project continues to grow; the Event Center is going very well — and so much energy and vibrancy is being generated by all this activity that one can just feel the excitement in the air as you journey around the two counties and the towns and communities.

And there is more to come.

If the Council of State votes to relocate the DMV headquarters to Rocky Mount, . . . (Read more)

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I Agree With The Title Letter to the Editor: Residents must work for change – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper’s sresponse: I agree residents must work for change however my question is what kind of change? It is past time that the residents stop allowing certain folk to get them all excited because they don’t like certain folk. Residents better do their own homework because the folk in place may be the best folk to represent your interest. The new energy I am trying to figure out because it is the same reporting and I know because I have been a part of it. Lindell Kay did an article on Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and myself and didn’t contact me but went on my blog and pulled out some content and did a story as if he had spoken to both of us. I confronted him about it and he told me he did the article because Higgs had called him about 10 times about doing a story. Lindell apologized to me during the meeting J. Kelly had at the OIC. He also quoted me when my friend Taro Knight died however the quote was not bad but the fact of how the hell do you quote someone when you have not spoken to them. Tickles the hell out of me how folk read the damn papers and don’t even consider there is another side to a story but they take stories about the city council and just because the papers said it it is true. Really! So glad I do my homework because if not I would just as ignant as the folk who are commenting and writing letters to the paper. But it ain’t so much they think what the papers write is true it is just that they don’t like who they are writing about so that automatically make who they write about the bad guy. As long as Fighting Crime, Concerned Citizens, Community Council, WHIG-TV and other c owned say it then it is fact. It is sad when so-called intelligent, religious and folk who say they are about what is right but continue to make ignant comments and then when a black man like me who ain’t afraid to respond to them call them out on their ignant racist mess, then they get mad. They can’t prove me wrong in my responses so they have to try to discredit me but the ignants don’t realize that the folk that are in their circle don’t like me anyway. So I just sit back and laugh while I continue to agitate them because since I am so irrelevant why do they continue to say my name. And lastly in this letter, I find the following to be too ignant, “We should all be thankful for a free press in our country and that our city has its own local news publication to promote transparency and accountability.” Really! So who owns the newspaper? How in the hell do you promote transparency and accountability when you are reporting one side and I know damn well the paper know other sides.

You may have noticed recently the sign of the newest tenant at the Mills when driving past on Falls Road: The Rocky Mount Telegram.

Ever since the newspaper moved offices over the holidays, it seems the staff has had a new energy that has been evidenced by it releasing with great haste over the past two weeks its own version of an old-fashioned newspaper extra on problems at City Hall that our leadership has not been forthcoming about.

And, contrary to the mayor’s dismissal of “newspaper articles and Facebook posts” in his statement at the City Council meeting this past Monday, it is largely thanks to the newspaper and the resulting discussion on social media (the modern day equivalent of a water cooler and front porch, for better or worse) that facts have come to light that concern the management and direction of our city. We should all be thankful for a free press in our country and that our city has its own local news publication to promote transparency and accountability.

However, let’s not stop at being consumers of media. In the early 20th century, a British newspaper reportedly asked the question “What is wrong with the world?” (Read more)

Letter to the Editor: Trust council to do the right thing – Rocky Mount Telegram

Note: Read the entire article on The Rocky Mount Telegram and the comments at the end.

Over the past several weeks there has been an attack on Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

When Small-Toney was up for the next city manager, there was lots of feedback from some in the community that did some research on her background. But does a person deserve a second chance? Everyone wants a second chance.

Since Small-Toney has been in Rocky Mount I have observed her and she seemed to have been professional about what she was saying. Some things are documented but then one must be able to align the documented up with the policy and procedures to see if she is out of compliance. I don’t know what is to be true or false so I will have to rely on the response from the council as to how they move forward with or without Small-Toney. I will fact check all sides if the resources are made available. What I will not do is to act on emotions without having all the facts.

I am having a flashback with all this activity because I am reminded of how white folk were in charge and black folk were not given jobs or promotions just because they were black. What I do know is the Rocky Mount City Council used to be majority white. The department heads used to be majority white. Times have changed but sadly some folks have not because some white folks have a problem with working under black folks’ authority. (Read more)

Politics Is Real You Can Hate It, Like It Or Love It!

Politics I love it! I love it because it is real and folk can hate it all they want. They can say they don’t want to get involved but the problem with that is you are automatically involved. You see everything political.

Folk you better get involved or be left behind. Being involved can be time consuming and that is why it is my desire to be able to get up in the morning and be on top of what is going on politically. Why? Because folk are making decisions on what affects me daily. So therefore I want to be a part of the decision making by speaking out on issues and holding folk accountable for their actions.

Elections were held across the nation on Tuesday and some folk were knowledgeable of what was happening but many were not. Some folk get mad when folk be at the polling sites passing out literature about candidate telling them who to vote for. But there are more folk who don’t know that do know and they welcome the literature. I have folk that reach out to me asking me do I have literature and to just say can you tell me who I need to vote for because they trust in me. I count that as an honor and a pleasure to have folk who be watching what I do that I don’t even talk to on a regular or have never talked to but they follow me on social media.

There is a lack of political forums held leading up to election time and I plan on trying to change that in the future. You can never have too many forums to educate folk about what is going on around them. Folk need to know whether they like it or not.

Folk just because you don’t like politics the world don’t stop and others are making decisions for you. If you don’t want to get involved directly, get involved indirectly by reaching out to folk that you know are actively engaged. Trust in these folk until they give you a reason not to. Although I am actively engaged I don’t know it all so when there is something I need to know I reach out to my resources. Resources can be better than money sometimes.

Everything political the church, the job and the way you live. 

I challenge you to get involved today directly or indirectly because politics is the way of the world. So as long as you are in this world you are affected by politics.

Curmilus Dancy II
Pinetops NC

Letter to the Editor: Racism flourishes unabated – Rocky Mount Telegram

Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his predecessors.

He disdains the rule of law and tramples norms of presidential behavior. He is ill-informed, self-destructive and brazen in his abusive attacks on the justice system and the press. Indeed, Donald Trump is chewing this country up and spitting it out in little pieces. The fear of not being re-elected has caused congressional Republicans to stand idly by while Trump tells lie after lie, alienates allies and enables racism to flourish unabated.

Donald Trump is a Bernard Manoff and Theodore Bilbo rolled into one. A con artist and a racist. He continues to successfully con his supports, many of whom are low information voters, into believing him in an unconditional and cultish manner. Many of Trump’s tweets and comments shine a spotlight on his racism and his appointment of people like Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, John Kelly and Steven Miller further substantiate it. (Read more)

Letter to the Editor: Right is becoming a rare commodity – Rocky Mount Telegram

Today, we find ourselves living in a society where unethical decision-making has become a way of life.

Such decisions are self-centered and not intended for the common good of all. Unethical decisions test the endurance of right over wrong. People who “speak truth to power” are quickly labeled as disrupters and racist by those who feel threatened by their message. Indeed, right is becoming a rare commodity.

An exercise in right and wrong was played out recently with respect to the Ward 3 council vacancy. I have no preferences, but look at what transpired from a right and wrong perspective.

Examining the process as a whole, there is no denying that it was deeply flawed. It was right to establish a procedure for filling the vacancy but wrong not to adhere to the established guidelines. It was right to announce the vacancy but wrong not to eliminate applicants who did not fully meet the requirements on the deadline date. It was right to interview all qualifying applicants but wrong not to invite a resident from Ward 3 to participate even if there were no legal requirements to do so. It was right to interview all applicants who met the requirements timely but wrong to interview or consider any applicant who did not. It was right for residents of Ward 3 to lobby for an applicant of choice but wrong for people who would not consider living in Ward 3 if their life depended on it to lobby for an applicant who should have been eliminated from the outset. It was right for the council to make a selection by vote at the end of the process but wrong to select a person who did not meet all requirements and therefore ineligible to be sworn in on the day of appointment.

Council members who voted in the affirmative to appoint a person lacking full qualifications gave credence to a belief that the process was rigged from start to finish and the selection predetermined. But, be of good cheer, Election Day voting can right this wrong.

In the meantime, only time will tell if inclusive progress will survive or will there be a conversion back to a past where decisions were not made for the common good of all. Will wrong continue on an upsurge to trample over right?

Gardenia B. Hobbs

Rocky Mount

Letter to the Editor: Beware of appeals for ‘good old days’ – Dr. Kim E. Koo

The Watch DogSo glad I know Dr. Kim E. Koo and do not have to rely on the majority minority ignant racist white folk who continually post comments on this page along with those who hide behind the likes. Thank you Dr. Koo for telling it like it is and continuing to speak out even after losing your love one. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the memorial celebration of Richard Chip Smith a fine white man who cared about all people. https://curmilus.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/video-photos-memorial-celebration-for-richard-thomas-chip-smith-fighter-for-justice-equality/

It seems that there is a sector of vocal older white folks who are always looking to the past and bemoaning some lost privileges.

Of course it would never be couched in such terms. Instead the euphemism used is “loss of freedoms” or “lack of justice” — but only for them, of course. They hanker for to the “good old days” when people of color and poor people were “put in their places.”

Under the guise of religious freedom, they want to force their beliefs on everyone. In actuality, majority of the world’s population are not only of one faith. True freedom of religion allows people to follow their faith and spirituality publicly or privately without fear of reprisals or ridicule.

The same folks cannot acknowledge their prejudices. The public image projected is an outraged and injured party by the new wave of activism by students, women, people of color and environmentalists. Deep down, they want to condemn the rest of society to continued poverty, exploitation, unequal wages, violence and terror and environmental deterioration, as long as the old ways where they sit at the top is preserved. They are afraid of change, especially for the better for the majority. (Read more)